Can you believe that a new decade is upon us? It seems as if we turned the page on 2019 just a moment ago. And now, we are awaiting for 2020 to be rung in. To everyone – I would like to wish you and yours all the best for a happy and healthy New Year!
It has been a year of change and challenge in the Grace Schmidt Room – the physical room layout has changed, collections have moved, and we’re now offering more digital services to enable you to convert your family memories and treasures. We also have a new digital research computer (about which I will tell you about in a future blog post – I promise!). Despite the changes in our outward appearance, we remain committed to telling the stories of our commmunity and people. There is so much to share and discover – thank you for joining us on this journey!
I wanted to thank the Waterloo Historical Society for supporting the Grace Schmidt Room in so many ways – from helping us to purchase a new digital ViewScan microfilm scanner, participating in the Genealogy Fair, to championing the Susan J. Hoffman Local History Fund. The Society is an integral part of our history, present, and future.
Thank you to the Ontario Genealogical Society/Ontario Ancestors for your continued support and permitting us to share your genealogy book collection with the community.
I also wanted to thank my colleagues: Ingrid, Valerie, Curtis, Joseph, Cynthia, and Ellie for their dedication to bringing the collections of the Grace Schmidt Room to life through their creative book displays and exhibits, posters, inventories and ideas. Without you, the Grace Schmidt Room would not shine.
To our researchers, volunteers, family historians and local history enthusiasts – thank your for your continued support and interest in the GSR. We look forward to meeting and engaging our community and to share the great resources and collections that are housed in the Grace Schmidt Room.
All the best.